Methods Of "New Econometrics" In Study Of Interrelations With Variable Structure

Abstract

The paper discusses the idea and concept of dynamic models of a variable structure, peculiarities of their research in the framework of a “new econometrics” paradigm. During econometric modeling of relationships, it is necessary to take into account presence or absence of structural changes in development of the studied processes. Methods for constructing models with a stable and variable structure are noticeably different at the conceptual level. When modeling relationships using classical econometrics, various data smoothing procedures are widely used. Methods of "new econometrics" allow saving the spectral composition of the studied economic signal, simulating processes of spline approximation. Obtained models of dynamics pass exactly through all nodal points of the process, retaining all local peculiarities of the dynamics, automatically and always reaching the value of the coefficient of determination, equal to one. The study considers the dynamics and dynamic models of both indicators and a part of them, called “economic flows”. Transformation of discrete sets of values ​​of processes under study into economic flows is becoming an effective way to study relationships with a variable structure. By approximating the dynamics by splines, we obtain the best model in terms of the minimal sum of squared deviations. The known properties of cubic splines allow effectively modelling economical flows. The empirical research basis of the study is the dynamics of oil exports to the far abroad countries and CIS countries.

Keywords: Econometricsvariablestructurecorrelationmodellingsplines

Introduction

The evolving economic system of the world is permanently subjected to the transforming effects of internal (endogenous) and external (exogenous) forces. Due to a complex interaction of the external instability of the system and contradictory actions of the subjects inside it, the world economic system is initially in a constant motion (Katkova & Markov, 2014). On the trajectories of economic transformations, there are problems of presenting, describing and modeling an economic signal in a new way. It forces us to respond to the challenges of economic evolution with an idempotent research economic and mathematical platform with a new paradigm, methodology and structure, new approaches, postulates and theses, modern mathematical constructs, professional tools.

Problem Statement

Econometric modeling of relationships requires the presence or absence of structural changes in the development of the studied processes. Methods for constructing models with a stable and variable structure are noticeably different at the conceptual level. When modeling a relationship with a stable structure, future states can be described with extrapolating patterns of their behavior in the past. The necessity and acceptability of averages in empirical data is explained by their probabilistic nature. In accordance with a discrete data set, we set the averaged line of the proposed regression. On the contrary, models of interrelationships with a variable structure should take into account possible structural changes, determine points or time intervals for trend changing, significant changes in communication parameters — its direction, closeness, and a form of presentation. The methods of "new econometrics" help to save a spectral composition of the studied economic signal, simulating the processes of spline approximation (Ilyasov, 2008). The obtained models of dynamics pass exactly through all the nodal points of the process, retaining all local peculiarities of the dynamics, automatically and always reaching the value of the coefficient of determination, which is equal to one (Botasheva & Vintizenko, 2014).

Research Questions

One of the most effective ways to study the relationships with a variable structure becomes the discrete sets conversion of values ​​of the studied processes into economic flows. We meet the concept of "flow" in macroeconomics, which explains that the flow characterizes the number or volume of the studied indicator for a certain period. In contrast, stocks characterize the amount or volume of the indicator recorded at a certain point of time. Flows and stocks are closely interrelated: the flow is the change of the stock (balance of inflow and outflow) over a certain period. The algorithm is known for converting discrete data of the “stock” type into a continuous “flow”, which is based on the definition, where the flows (F) are derived from the stocks: (S): P = d 3 d t .

Purpose of the Study

If the indicator dynamics of the types “flow” or “stock” can be discrete, then the “economic flow” is represented as a continuous model of dynamics, which describes changes in the development rate of the process also continuously at each moment of time, that is the first derivative of a continuous model of economic dynamics. At this approach, the loss of principle is lost whether the original discrete data were indicators of the type “flow” or “stock”. The way of representing the dynamics becomes fundamental in the form of discrete process values ​​using lattice functions or its description by continuous models. Then the main research goal is to find relationships not in the dynamics of the indicators themselves, but between the trends of their change - “economic flows”.

Research Methods

One of the well-known ways of transition from discrete empirical values of processes to continuous models of dynamics or regression is the construction of the least squares method. In the study of economic flows, models of classical econometrics will be so “smoothed” that important local peculiarity of the “flow” of processes will be lost. The comparison of discrete values of export volumes gives us a correlation coefficient value, which is close to zero 0.178. The hypothesis about the presence or absence of structural changes in the relationships according to the constructed model is impossible, since the resulting regression line is the result of averaging within the entire investigated time interval.

Findings

Any class of approximating functions of a fixed type (“monomodel”) cannot simply and accurately model, analyze, and visualize unsustainable economic dynamics, cycles in it, and predict any economic, industrial, financial, marketing, foreign economic process, that is be relevant to it (Kalazhokov, 2014). It is especially difficult to do it in transitional, transformational economies, where the process “time class” can be represented by a superposition of several “time classes” or a “time class” consistently changing throughout the studied reporting period with variations in exogenous economic conditions at different time intervals (Vygodchikova, Gusyatnikov & Vysochanskaya, 2017).

The next stage of modeling, after the explicit definition of the “time class” of conjunctures at different time intervals, is the construction and connection of local continuous monomodels relevant to these “time classes”, both additive and multiplicative (Lapshin, Kaushanskiy & Kurbangaleev, 2015). When there are many intervals, the “time class” varies from one time fragment to another one, and even stochastically changes in time, it is necessary to find a single continuous ensemble (unified and universal) system of approximating functions (Cleophas, 2016).

For all the above, we have to introduce the concept of a “piecewise” concept. It assumes that it is necessary to present economic conditions “piece by piece”; we are looking for the model, which must consist of separate fragments placed sequentially in the time interval under study (Cáceres-Hernández & Martín-Rodríguez, 2017). The research effectiveness of relationships with a variable structure is provided by the transformation of the "lattice" image of the macroeconomic time dependence into a continuous piecewise-smooth function, described analytically with all analytical derivatives. Fragments from individual intervals of the reporting period must be “stitched” in the “nodes” of the “grid” with their values (to the left and right of each “node”) and the same values of all possible derivatives or finite differences (Sklyarov, 2017).

Figure 1: Dynamics of oil exports to the far abroad countries (solid line) and to CIS countries (dash-dotted line), mln. tons. Approximation by cubic splines. New Econometrics
Dynamics of oil exports to the far abroad countries (solid line) and to CIS countries (dash-dotted line), mln. tons. Approximation by cubic splines. New Econometrics
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By approximating the dynamics with splines, we obtain the best model in terms of the minimal sum of squared deviations. It always equals to zero with this approach (Kaishev, 2013). One of the most important advantages of spline approximation over MNC models is their piecewise structure, which helps them to adapt to the peculiarities of structurally variable dynamics best of all, preserving information about all actually achieved values, as well as the best representing the interpolation process behavior (Odoardi & Muratore, 2015). For example, the dynamics of oil exports to non-CIS countries between each focal point is represented by a spline - a third-degree polynomial (Fig. 1 ). Now we can look for the patterns by comparing not individual points of the empirical data, but segments of interpolating functions.

“New Econometrics” dictates the need to make the best use of each value of a variable from the economic “lattice function” (tables). To achieve it, the approximating polynomial model must pass through exactly all points of the real indicator in the system of any dimension, and certainly through all “grid” nodes, a mathematical image of a table or a graph of an economic indicator (Vintizenko & Ilyasov, 2018).

If the spline passes exactly through all the nodes of the “lattice” function, then economic spline modeling, spline analysis, spline visualization, spline forecasting are institutionally accurate and fundamentally, “in large” (Romanova & Ioda, 2015). The model of a new paradigm generates a curve, which has a smooth, continuous, and analytic description, a sequential-variable structure in different time sections, with an internal property of optimality called “minimum norm” or “minimal curvature” in accordance with the Holliday theorem for cubic splines (Odoardi & Muratore, 2016).

When searching for correlation relationships, there are not always changes in the indicators, but they can found in fluctuations in the rate of their change. Thus, it is sometimes effective to compare not the indicators themselves, but their economic flows. To model the economic flows of oil exports, we differentiate spline models of the dynamics of oil export volumes to the far abroad countries and to CIS countries. Economic flows observe the continuous trends of the studied processes - the continuous evolution of the development direction, continuous peculiarities of their mutual influence, and the peculiarities of structural changes in relationships. In the study of relationships with a variable structure, there is a problem to determine the change points in trends, which cannot be done with sufficient accuracy by the methods of classical econometrics. The comparison of economic flows (first derivatives) determines the moments of the onset of structural changes visually, and we can see from the behavior of the curves the duration of preservation of certain communication parameters. The analysis of Figure 2 reveals several intervals within which the parameters can vary significantly in both the direction and the closeness of the relationship (Figure 2 ).

Figure 2: Economic flows of oil exports to foreign countries (solid line) and to CIS countries (dash-dotted line). New econometrics
Economic flows of oil exports to foreign countries (solid line) and to CIS countries (dash-dotted line). New econometrics
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The analysis of the curves in Figure 3 shows that the rate of change in export volumes (the first derivative) in the time interval under study is always positive. It indicates a continuous increase in the volume of oil exports to foreign countries and to CIS countries. However, the increase in the rate of growth of oil exports to foreign countries leads to a slowdown in the rate of growth of oil exports to CIS countries. At the same time, the volume of oil exports to non-CIS countries and CIS countries correlate positively, almost functionally - the correlation coefficient is 0.939. Here we see a vivid example of the utility of comparing not only the indicators themselves, but also their trends, derivatives, or how we represent them - economic flows. The comparison of economic flows reveals “hidden” trends, relationships that may not have shown themselves against the background of a rapid growth or a decrease in the values of the studied dynamics. In our example, the modeling of economic flows reveals even more interesting features of communication, when the oil export volumes themselves correlate positively against the background of the general growth of export volumes, and we observe a strong negative correlation in the behavior of their flows. It becomes obvious that the conclusions about the closeness and direction of relationships, obtained by comparing only the indicators themselves, without taking into account the correlation of their tendencies (flows, derivatives) can be “false”, provoking the adoption of erroneous decisions. In the economy there are periods of a rapid growth, when the tendency of the growth (recession) dominates so much that recessions (rises) in absolute terms are not observed at all, but are found only in changes in the growth rate. It is within such periods when the indicators can correlate positively, and their trends correlate negatively.

To determine the direction of the relationships within the identified time intervals, we can compare the interpolation behavior of the flows. The construction of continuous spline approximation models of dynamics, followed by their transformation into models of economic flows, allows the researcher to move from comparing discrete states of processes at node points to comparing segments of functions (Ratto & Pagano, 2010). For a quantitative description of relationships closeness, the ability of splines to generate additional points in the intervals between the nodal points of the process becomes useful.

It makes the regression limitations arising from a small number of nodal points weaker. For example, for the time interval from 2003 to 2007, to determine the connection relationships, we generated three additional points inside each of the spline segments. The calculation of the correlation coefficient shows the presence of a strong positive relationship between the flows of oil exports to non-CIS countries and to CIS countries in 2003-2007, where the correlation coefficient is 0.935.

Figure 3: Economic flows of oil exports to foreign countries (solid line) and to CIS countries (dash-dotted line) from 2000 to 2003. Strong negative correlation of flow of oil exports to foreign countries and to CIS countries - the correlation coefficient is 0.807
Economic flows of oil exports to foreign countries (solid line) and to CIS countries (dash-dotted line) from 2000 to 2003. Strong negative correlation of flow of oil exports to foreign countries and to CIS countries - the correlation coefficient is 0.807
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If the calculation of the correlation coefficient between the volumes of oil exports to foreign countries and to CIS countries showed the absence of any significant connection, then the modeling of economic flows revealed “hidden” trends in the processes under the study. Now it became possible to determine the starting points and intervals of structural changes in relationships visually and directly from the behavior of economic flow curves; to observe the duration of relationships parameters, and analyze the peculiarities of the processes transition from one state to the another one.

Conclusion

To sum up, we can say that the least squares method is non-constructive. It requires a researcher to “guess” the shape and analytical formula of a model regression curve. The spline is universal, analytic, automatically constructed; its derivatives are clearly known, phase constructions are also automatically made, etc.

Structural changes in the economy are presented in individual temporal fragments of the reporting period with exogenous economic “rules of the game” - that is, codes, laws, rules, regulations, norms of rates, taxes, tariffs, excises, taxes, quotas, deductions, and preferences remain unchanged. Many of these “rules” vary from fragment to fragment. The model should become representative of modern transformational market economies such as the Russian one, in which the unstable (spontaneous, stochastic), permanent and substantial redistribution of exogenous economic conditions occurs temporally, at some time points. Russian economists talk about a triple change in the year of economic conditions in the country. This is the way how the piecewise concept appears. The device must respond to consistent structural changes in the economic system and its indicators over time.

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Mukhadinovich, M. E., Dmitrievich, T. D., Dmitrievna, M. T., Sergeevich, Y. V., & Khizrailevich*, I. R. (2019). Methods Of "New Econometrics" In Study Of Interrelations With Variable Structure. In & D. K. Bataev (Ed.), Social and Cultural Transformations in the Context of Modern Globalism, vol 58. European Proceedings of Social and Behavioural Sciences (pp. 497-504). Future Academy. https://doi.org/10.15405/epsbs.2019.03.02.57